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    Quick build check?

    Attempting my first build here, and after a lot of research I'm pretty set on this, but I'd appreciate a second opinion that everything is good to go before I commit. Also wondering how necessary the 212 Plus fan is, since I've heard that Intel's included fan is pretty good?

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    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($132.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Logitech K100 Wired Slim Keyboard ($14.94 @ Wolf Camera)
    Total: $1126.82
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-04-03 05:08 EDT-0400)
    Last edited by Tryptomine; 2012-04-03 at 09:08 AM.

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    Looks good, but go with a bigger SSD if you can. PSU isn't great, but it is cheap. If there is more I would also go with a stronger GPU, but you didn't mention what games you play.

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    Like chaud said go with a bigger SSD. The rest looks pretty good

    Btw, what's wrong with OCZ? I've seen it before that people are kinda negative about OCZ PSUs and I've got no idea why.

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    That one has some higher (still in spec) ripple and noise, and really can only do 600W, with no room over 600W at all.

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    That specific OCZ model is fine and it's a good price, you have nothing to worry about... OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Power Supply Review

    If possible bump the SSD to the 128GB, you might regret the small sized SSD in the long run. I believe the Scorpio Black is meant for laptops? Either way you can get an extra 250GB, WD Black for less:

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    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($103.02 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $103.02
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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    CPU: Intel i5-3570k (4.5GHz) MB: ASUS Z77 Sabertooth (uefi 2003)
    GPU: Asus 280X TOP (1080MHz/1700MHz) RAM: Corsair LP/LV white 8GB 1600MHz
    SSD: Samsung 840Pro 256GB + Crucial m4 128GB (040H) PSU: Seasonic 620M CASE: Corsair 500R (White/Black) Monitor: LG 237L-BN IPS
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    Yeah, I completely missed that. It is a laptop drive.

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    Thanks for the advice, the larger SSD is tempting but I'm concerned since I'm already stretching the budget for the 64gb model as it is; also not sure what else I'd really want to put on that drive that would make a HUGE impact besides the OS.

    For video cards, I've been constantly bouncing around the Radeon 6850 ($135 with rebate atm), Radeon 6870 ($170 with rebate atm), and Geforce 560ti ($200 with rebate atm). I'm not a super hardcore PC gamer who needs everything at 60fps on Ultra all the time (but would be nice...), but I do plan to play mostly online games such as WoW, LoL, and soon D3 and GW2 and would like a card I could rely on.

    EDIT: I've also been constantly switching my mind on HDD depending on price and stock, is WD's Caviar Green as much of a slow down as the RPM's suggest?

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    A 560Ti wins against the 6870 more often than not in benchmarks, but you could grab one for $180 AR. If not, a nice 6870 is on sale for $150 AR.

    A 6870 isn't enough to play WoW with every single setting maxed, but it comes close if you turn down shadows and AA. I haven't paid much attention to GW2, but I would imagine it would help to have at least the 6870, if not something better to play it at high settings.

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    Anyone that can help me understand the difference between these two MoBos andwhether its worth saving the few bucks?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/us/part/asus...board-p8z68vlx

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z68vle

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    The second board has a different audio codec (which is hardly worth talking about) and USB 3.0 headers (which don't concern you because the HAF 912 doesn't have USB 3.0 on the front panel), those are the only differences as far as I can tell; the first board is fine for you.

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